MAHLE is taking over the transmission specialist ZG-Zahnräder und Getriebe GmbH, based in Eching, which is near Munich, Germany. With this step, the technology group MAHLE is further developing its competence in the entire powertrain, according to the company.
It has been mutually agreed that the details of the agreement and the purchase price will not be disclosed, according to MAHLE.
Through the acquisition of ZG-Zahnräder und Getriebe GmbH, MAHLE is expanding its expertise in the transmission. This is significant because the trend in electric vehicles is toward integrated drive systems, according to the company.
This strategic move allows MAHLE to tap into additional development competence in this field, thus putting it in a position to offer its customers integrated systems solutions for the powertrain from a single source, including transmission design.
“The acquisition is another important step in the expansion of MAHLE’s product portfolio and on its path to become a systems provider for all powertrain technologies,” said Jörg Stratmann, chairman of the management board, and CEO of MAHLE.
Integrated drive systems have decisive advantages over individual modules, such as the drive motor, transmission, or power electronics, according to MAHLE. Their components are ideally coordinated, their construction can be more compact, and they can also be used more flexibly in different vehicle types.
ZG-Zahnräder und Getriebe GmbH is a highly innovative service provider in the field of powertrain engineering and has particular expertise in state-of-the-art gearing technology, according to MAHLE. The company was founded in 2008 as a spin-off from the Technical University of Munich. Its approximately 40 employees support automobile manufacturers and suppliers throughout the entire development process.